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Gascoigne Covid-19 Updated Risk Assessment (Sept21)

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back to the new school year, we trust you, your family and friends are safe and well.

As we move to Step 4, we ask that you exercise caution and maintain some of the practices which reduced the spread of the virus.

Please continue to wear a face mask if you are not able to social distance whilst on school premises. Some of the pathways are very narrow, we ask that you step to the side and allow others to pass.

 

Further updates to our risk assessment are outlined below:

 

Summary of Changes:

There is a confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting 

Only unvaccinated adults should self-isolate with family members, or close contacts, who have tested positive for Covid-19. 

Government Guidance, from Monday 16th August, unvaccinated young people up to the age of 18 years and 6 months and fully vaccinated adults, are no longer required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with Covid-19 or are a close contact of someone with Covid-19. 

Covid-19 Outbreaks on site   

Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class within their childcare or education setting should not be sent home unless the school has spoken to the local Public Health team and London Coronavirus Response Centre.  

Asymptomatic Staff Testing  

School staff should continue to take twice weekly asymptomatic testing until the end of September when the government will review and issue further guidance to schools in response to the latest epidemiological data. Schools COVID-19 Operational Guidance (updated 17th August 2021) 

Contact Tracing 

 

Schools will no longer be expected to undertake contact tracing. 

From 16 August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.  

Use of face coverings and PPE 

First Aiders or staff administering personal care, should continue to wear face masks and PPE. 

Contractors will be encouraged to wear masks when on site. 

Parents will be asked to continue to wear face coverings when moving around the premises especially where they are unable to maintain a 1m+ distance on narrow pathways etc. 

Where 1m+ distance cannot be maintained, then staff will be encouraged to wear masks. 

Staff may continue to wear masks if they choose to do so for additional protection. 

 Reception Areas 

Sanitation stations will continue to be operational, and all staff and visitors are encouraged to sanitise hands on entry and exit. 

Staff and visitors/parents should continue not to gather in the school reception areas. 

Staff and visitors/parents should maintain a 1m+ distance at all times. 

Staff and visitors should sanitise before entering and exiting the school. 

Year Group Bubbles and Lunchtimes 

 Year Group ‘Bubbles’ no longer apply, and lunchtimes should return to how they were before COVID-19, however, if there is an increase in positive cases, ‘Bubbles’ may be reinstated to control the outbreak. 

Staffrooms and Staff Toilets 

 Staff facilities will no longer be confined to Year Group ‘Bubbles’ and will return to arrangements before Covid-19.   However, the practice of social distancing whilst on site should continue. 

Staff Meetings and Training 

Staff meetings/training will return to face-to-face where it is appropriate do so.  Colleagues will be encouraged to maintain a 1m+ distance.  Where this is not possible, it may be necessary to either arrange Teams or hybrid (Teams and face-to-face) sessions. 

Staff may be asked to wear masks initially at face-to-face training sessions and meetings depending on the space. 

Lifts 

There should be no more than two members of staff using lifts at any one time.

Classrooms 

Classrooms to be kept well-ventilated, fans may be used to support with air circulation. 

Pupils will continue hand washing / sanitising routines. 

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